“I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” is an apt title for Yayoi Kusama’s current exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery, consisting of immersive installations and new paintings that span the gallery’s three neighboring locations in New York. The 84 year old artist — whose extensive oeuvre includes paintings, novels, sculptures and multimedia installations with avant-garde underpinnings — created a series of “infinity rooms” that allow viewers to lose themselves in their endless, celestial reflections of pattern and color. Read more after the jump.
Megan Mosholder lights, and ties twine to revive abandoned spaces, while also drawing attention to architectural geometries set within natural landscapes. In Hilton Head Island, SC, Mosholder bound 15,000 feet of nylon cord, hand painted with an electrifying blue glow-in-the-dark paint, to corners of a dilapidated barn. The spaces are sheltered within an interior overhang, while also being exposed to the elements. At night, the unearthly glow of a black light illuminates the dreamlike webs, creating tension between the natural outdoors and the synthetic materials. In Wassaic, NY, Mosholder used pinks, reds, and yellows to illuminate sweeping, vortex-like patterns of twine that appear to support the Luther Barn, a dark structure recently converted into an artist residency after being abandoned due to foreclosure. Read more after the jump.
Eddie Colla recently discovered that a knock-off of his 2009 artwork, Ambition is being sold through the Walmart website without his knowledge or consent — and no less, being labeled as a Banksy. Doing what he does best, Colla is holding them accountable through a new street art piece in San Francisco (not to mention, a lawsuit). Ironically enough, the blatant rip-off came shortly after Colla curated the group show “Made in China,” where he commissioned duplicates of artists’ works to strike up a conversation about originality. Adding another twist, the text of the original piece states: “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.” Read more after the jump.
Travis Louie’s paintings begin as detailed graphite drawings that, with layers of clear acrylic, evolve into imitations of Victorian-era photographs with surreal subjects. For his current solo show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA, “Strange Discoveries,” Louie was inspired by the once-popular belief that photography was an infallible documentary device. In the Victorian era, early photography was fundamental to capturing new species discovered by explorers of the new world. Louie plays with this notion in his new work, rendering fantastical creatures with a realist precision. Read more after the jump.
In his current solo show at The Outsiders in London, “The Way of All Flesh,” Cyclops captures a prevalent theme that preoccupied Renaissance painters and poets: that beauty, no matter how seductive, is doomed to whither away and die. His baroque portraits depict androgynous protagonists swathed in fabrics, their faces sharply in focus with a photorealist painting style that, at times, unravels into abstraction. Heavily made up, these sullen figures recall not only Catholic ritual but the world of drag and performance art. Cyclops got his start in the London graffiti scene, and while the freeform markings hidden in the hair and halos of the characters allude to his origins, the work in this show demonstrates his versatility. “The Way of All Flesh” is on view through December 24. Take a look at some of the work in the show after the jump.
Back in October, Ron English painted a mural in Rome as part of the street art project M.U.Ro (Museo Urban di Roma). Until now, the mural has been kept under wraps because it will appear in a documentary series, “Street Art,” that airs tomorrow, December 3, at 10 pm on Italy’s Sky Arts channel. English’s new mural strips down his painting style to its essentials. Where in his studio work, he creates copiously-detailed microcosms within each painting, the mural focuses on the Baby Hulk and Mouse Mask Murphy with the other characters muted in the background. Check out some process shots of English completing the mural after the jump.